Clyde Metcalf

Inducted 2019

Clyde Metcalf was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 after nearly four decades of winning baseball championships at Sarasota High School.

Born in Sarasota, Metcalf returned to his high school alma mater in 1981 to serve as the head baseball coach. In the 38 seasons since, the Florida State University graduate has won two national championships (1989, 1994) and six state championships (1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2007). En route to a whopping 909 career wins (909-258), Metcalf has also guided the Sailors to an astounding 14 appearances in the FHSAA Final Four.

Thanks in part to having more than 200 of his players play college baseball, 70 play professional baseball and 14 make it to Major League Baseball, Metcalf has reeled in several national accolades. In 1989, he was named National Prep Coach of the Year by USA Today. Five years later, USA Today presented him with the same honor along with the National High School Coaches Association. In 2015, the NHSCA as well as the American Baseball Coaches Association named him  National High School Coach of the Year. On two other occasions, the ABCA named him a finalist for the same award (1987, 1993).

Away from the diamond, Metcalf was also the athletic director for SHS for 22 years (1991-2013) and even served as the assistant coach on the football team for two decades (1981-2001). He started his coaching career as an assistant baseball coach for Riverview High School (1975-1981).

Metcalf worked diligently to improve the game of baseball in the state by volunteering his time on the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Board of Directors for eight years and the FHSAA Baseball Coaches Advisory Committee for four years. For two years, he also helped shape FHSAA rules and bylaws by voting on the FHSAA Representative Council.

In the rare spare time he has, Metcalf enjoys spending time with his family.